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After Grandpa Alden buys back his childhood farm for his sister to live on, the boxcar children move in with their great aunt for the summer. They soon discover a mystery: everyone thinks there's something not-right about their farm, but no one can say what. Someone's been living in the woodshed, but the children haven't spotted him or her. Their great-aunt's former sweetheart who ran away after setting fire with an old gun seems to be involved, but no one is exactly certain what happened. It's up to the boxcar children to solve the mystery and discover some secret hideouts. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Dec 1, 2013 |
One of the better mysteries in this wonderful children's series. All the familiar faces are back as everyone gathers together at the Aldens. For the first time the children do not go on a vacation for the summer, breaking the mold of all the previous books. Aunt Jane moves back to their part of the country, moving into the old family home. Even though the mystery is easily solved by an adult, for the first time in this series a genuine mystery with clues and ties to the past, including the Revolutionary War bring about an exciting story making this one of the finer stories in the collection. At this point Henry is in college, Jessie a high school senior and Violet is ready to start high school after this summer so the dynamics of the children are changing too with Benny still being the only little one left. Most of the minor characters are collected here but with the marriage of one, there is also the mention that some will be leaving and I'm thinking may be departing from the series at this time, while the marriage adds a new character who could easily fill the role played by the departing characters: adventure supervisor, adult companion etc. Since I'm reading Warner's 19, I'm appreciating the flow of the basic plot continuity of reading them in numerical order as well. ( )
  ElizaJane | May 6, 2013 |
Help the Alden children discover a Revolutionary War secret in the old woodshed behind the house.
  SABC | Aug 21, 2012 |
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To all readers everywhere, including Guam, who have written to me about the Boxcar Children, this new mystery is dedicated.
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The telephone gave a long, loud ring.
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The Boxcar Children are spending the summer in an enormous New England farmhouse and the old woodshed holds a surprising secret that dates from the Revolutionary War.

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